DIPLOCAT – The declaration of independence urges the government of Catalonia to open a negotiation with Spain and to promote international recognition
DIPLOCAT – Even before being implemented for the first time, Article 155 foreshadows a huge amount of appeals the Constitutional Court will have to deal with
Translation of the letter sent by Carles Puigdemont to the Spanish Primer Minister Rajoy on the declaration of independence
DIPLOCAT – Report on the Spain’s National Court decision to jail two key members of the Catalan grassroots independence movement over a peaceful protest on 20 September at the end of which they called for calm to the crowds
DIPLOCAT – Since 2012, all efforts to agree on a vote requested by 80% of the population have been in vain
October 1: Catalan families occupy hundreds of schools, program activities all weekend long in bid to allow referendum
DIPLOCAT – Parents and children spent the weekend at schools and other polling stations organizing and attending a list of events, including workshops, sports games, music concerts, and other activities until 6am, to keep the schools open and prevent them from being sealed off by the police
DIPLOCAT – The President of Catalonia withdraws his offer to call regional snap elections
DIPLOCAT – Catalonia’s President Puigdemont sends a formal letter appealing, once again, for dialogue to Prime Minister Rajoy. Subsequently, Spain’s government answers with a communiqué announcing the coming formal suspension of Catalonia’s home rule.
Several international personalities and organisations have expressed through social networks their reaction to the police action aimed at repressing the referendum on independence of Catalonia.
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH – “The Spanish government has an obligation to ensure that an effective investigation is carried out into the allegations of excessive use of force”
DIPLOCAT – “The Government proposes that the Parliament suspends the effects of the declaration of independence so that in the coming weeks we may begin a dialogue without which it is impossible to arrive at an agreed solution”, said President Puigdemont in Catalonia’s Parliament. The suspended declaration was signed by a majority of the Members of Parliament after the session
DIPLOCAT – Individual declarations released by politicians, deputies, political parties and Human Rights organizations and several manifestos have condemned the violations of civil and human rights in Catalonia